Michele Crespo – Student Highlight

Becoming a student is a major event in one’s life, regardless of what stage of life that person may be in. Whether a person is a first-time college student or a seasoned higher education veteran, starting a new school has the possibility to be an exhilarating experience. Many students experience negative events during their first attempt at higher education, which may steer them away from pursuing college ever again. Some students take this adversity and use it to fuel their drive for success. Michele Crespo is one fantastic example of the latter type of student.

Michele graduated high school in 2007, where she, much like many high school students, had a big decision to make about the rest of her life. “Right after I graduated high school in 2007, I was made to choose some type of schooling for myself. Because my grades in high school were never very good, my parents strongly encouraged me to attend a trade school instead of any type of campus atmosphere school. After ending up choosing to go to a cosmetology program, I was not truly passionate about the field of study that I had chosen.”

Facing a new life and planning for the future with her growing family in mind, Michele set out to restart her college career. A new concern that Michele had not expected to encounter was also making headlines across the world – the COVID-19 pandemic. Michele was not sure where to begin the process, especially with the pandemic raging. “After the pandemic started and my son’s school closed down, I had to make a decision.” Michele details that WVJC stood out to her in a sea of many colleges. “…the one that really stood out to me was WJVC, just for the fact that when I was doing all of my research for any information, it was right there and answered all the questions I had. When I requested more information, I was contacted by some of the kindest and most encouraging people I had ever met in my life.  Even though I was terrified to take this next step in my life and my biggest obstacle was getting out of my own head and just taking the leap, it was when I spoke to Dasia with her kind and encouraging attitude and words that made me know this was the school I wanted to attend.”

Michele is now enrolled in WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program. During her admissions process, Michele maintained how she wanted to help others. “I chose my program because I very much dislike going to the doctors, just like most do. My favorite part of attending this school is the access to help anytime I need it. Being 32 and back in school is difficult enough, but with the advances with computers since I have been in school, you now have to learn that, as well. The amazing tech support center and teachers are available as often as I need them. This helps me to know I can get my work done and make sure it is done correctly.”

After graduation, Michele has a goal to become that bright positivity that one feels when they walk into a medical visit. “My ideal job after graduation is to work at a pediatrician’s office so that I can make the children that come into that office look forward to coming back and not dread it. Being a mom, I know what it is like when your child has a bad experience at a doctor’s office, so I want to hopefully make sure that won’t happen wherever I work. I would like to be working in a doctor’s office of some type, with benefits, and hopefully have some kind of retirement set up for myself and my husband.”

We are overjoyed to see Michele’s progression, as well as her growth as she moves toward her goals in life! If your story sounds similar to Michele’s or you would like to know more about WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program, request information here!

Thankful For Our WVJC Charleston Students

WVJC offers short-term, career-focused programs in Nursing, Clinical Medical Assistant, Dental Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Business Administration, and Network Administration/Security. At WVJC, our purpose is to empower change by creating opportunity. We believe in a WE CARE approach to helping students succeed in their education.

This Thanksgiving, our staff and faculty would like to share what we are most thankful for at WVJC, our students!

    • Michelle Miles, WVJC Campus President said, “I am so grateful for our students. I have the pleasure of interacting with students daily and I love witnessing their growth and seeing their accomplishments. Students, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives!”
    • Katie Harvey, WVJC Academic Dean said, “As an educator, I am thankful that our students allow us to become part of their extended families. We can experience their joys and offer support when they experience sorrows. I am thankful I can watch the growth of the student from the time they first step foot in the building to seeing them walk across the graduation stage. There is nothing like witnessing a former WVJC student find success in their career field as well as life itself!”
    • Selena Ramey, WVJC Career Management Director said, “I am thankful for students who apply themselves and overcome obstacles to be successful in their careers.”
    • Stephanie Duncan, WVJC High School Admissions Advisor said, “I am thankful for our students because they allow us to see real growth every day. Every student is different, but watching them during their journey from WVJC student to graduate is something I will always hold near and dear to my heart.”
    • Kellie Moore, WVJC Admissions Manager said, “I’m thankful for our students because they bring me so much joy and happiness! I love seeing them accomplish their goals and transition into careers!”
    • Sheena Pack, WVJC High School Admissions Advisor said, “I am thankful for the relationships I have with our students. I love witnessing their success and look forward to seeing them when I come to work.”
    • Christina Hayslett, WVJC Financial Aid Representative said, “I am thankful for our students because they remind us every day is a new opportunity to start, to grow, and to succeed.”
    • Chelsea Abbott, WVJC Medical Director said, “I am so thankful for my students. I am passionate about teaching them the skills they need for the medical field and watching them apply those skills in their careers.”
    • Renee Rollins, WVJC Dental Assisting Program Director said, “I am thankful for my students who make me laugh in class and bring joy to not just me, but their fellow students.”
    • Aaron Settle, WVJC Adjunct Instructor said, “Interactions with my students allow me to learn from them daily, just as I hope they are learning from me!”
    • Kisha James, WVJC Nursing Instructor said, “I am thankful for our students because they remind me that we still have a striving generation in our future. All programs offered at WVJC are to better not only those coming out of high school but also adults in higher education. All of our students have a drive and determination and every day they make me feel like a proud momma.”
    • Jonathan Lucas-Neel, WVJC Nursing Instructor said, “Teaching nursing at WVJC over the past year has brought me so many joys. I am thankful for the excitement that comes when students get to practice a new skill for the first time, to be present when they make a difference in the life of a patient, or even to see the satisfaction when they do well on an exam that I know they struggled to master. Working with nursing students has taught me to be a better nurse. It has made me evaluate the ‘why’ of the care we provide. I am enthusiastic to start our second cohort here at WVJC and thankful to have the opportunity to help train the next generation of nurses to care for our community.”
  • Jennifer Bird, WVJC Administrative Assistant said, “This year has been so hard on everyone and I wanted to share some of the reasons why I am thankful for our students. I am thankful every day I get to see our students walk in the door, even with their masks on, I can see that they are smiling and happy to be coming in for class. I am thankful to be able to watch our students achieve their goals to graduate and provide a better life for themselves and their families. It is simply amazing to see them overcome obstacles to graduate; one of my favorite quotes is “So often you find that the students you’re trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you.”
  • Holly Mitchell, WVJC Adjunct Instructor said, “I am thankful for our students for overcoming a myriad of challenges and remaining relentless on their pursuit to succeed! They are truly inspiring and I’m blessed to be a part of their journey at WVJC!”
  • Kelly Pauley, WVJC Nursing Director said, “I am thankful for my nursing students because they are so eager to learn, so driven to accomplish their dreams, and so compassionate.  They teach me every day why I love what I do.”
  • Mark Light, WVJC Adjunct Instructor said, “I’m thankful for my students because they challenge me.  When I started at WVJC, I was worried that I would not be able to relate to my students’. One of the things we had in common was that we all spoke Appalachian American.  (If you need to know what that is just ask one of my students).  I was able to present the information to them in a way that was easy for them to understand and there is nothing more rewarding as an instructor than to see the lights go on in their students eyes that let you know they understand and comprehend what you are teaching them.”
  • Hydiah White, WVJC Adjunct Instructor said, “I am thankful for our students because they are always helping me to become a better teacher. Everyone has a different learning style and I enjoy finding creative ways to explain the material. It can be challenging, but it is worth it!”

If you are ready to earn your education in a fast track, hands-on, career-focused program at a college with staff and faculty that cares about your success, request information here!